Patient Information Resources

Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

View Web RX

« Back

What is the difference between becoming addicted to pain medications and becoming used to them?

Many people who take pain medications over a long period of time develop a tolerance of them - their body becomes used to the medication and requires a higher dose to relieve the pain.

If someone needs a higher dose because the medication is no longer as effective as it once was, the only sign should be the presence of pain. Addiction, however, causes the body to crave the medication and other symptoms, other than pain, may emerge. Psychologically, a person who is addicted will do anything to get hold of the drug to relieve the need.


« Back

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Mosaic Medical Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Mosaic Medical Group, LLC and used herein by permission.